New parking meters accept credit and debit cards

By Anna Yee

October 21, 2012 Updated Oct 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- If you plan to spend some time in downtown Peoria, keep an eye out for new parking meters.

The City of Peoria installed several "Pay and Display" meters around the new riverfront museum, which should be active starting Sunday.

Four meters were installed along the street, and seven inside riverfront parking lots.
Prices are set at 25 cents for every 15 minutes, or one dollar an hour.

While the meters accept cash, they also take credit and debit cards.

"They're very nice," said Denise Dalton, visiting the museum from Elmwood. "It's nice not to use cash and use your debit card and pay for your parking."

"When you look at Baltimore, you look at the bigger cities, you look at Chicago, all those cities have had these for 3-5 years," said Peoria City Councilman Eric Turner. "Once the citizens get used to them, it'll be a lot better for them, and it's a lot cheaper for the city."

Councilman Turner says the new Pay and Display meters will require less work to check them.

He says if they run smoothly, the city may install more of them throughout Peoria.

To view the instructional flyer, How Do I Use the Pay Station, go to City’s website front page www.ci.peoria.il.us.

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